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Good, but not exceptional
am 2. März 2000
Kugler's book was good, but not exceptional. He focuses much of his writing on his experiences on patrol in Vietnam. Relatively little of this book is about the art of snipering. A rough outline of the book is as follows:
A) Kugler's personal background
B) Induction into Marines and training as a sniper
C) 1st assignment in Vietnam -- patrol with Marine Recon
D) 2nd assignment in Vietnam -- small team (usually 2-5 people) patrols from Marine outpost.
The book is fast paced in the beginning and towards the end; parts of the middle could have been edited out. There is a lot of repetition (the same "we got real drunk" scene reappears often) and Kugler also laces this book with an overkill of profanity -- this adds little to the authenticity of the story and makes he and his buddies sound needlessly ignorant (they are not).
For a better, more exciting 1st person treatment of this subject, I suggest Charles Henderson's book, "Marine Sniper - 93 Confirmed Kills".